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What are the benefits of ISMS according to ISO 27001?

Updated: Oct 12, 2021

ISO 27001 the worldwide standard for information security, speaks of an ISMS. What does this actually mean? And what are the benefits of an ISMS for your organization? In this blog we will further explain what ISMS means and what the relationship is to the ISO 27001 standard.

What is an ISMS?

ISMS is an abbreviation for Information Security Management System. In short, it is a method of securing all confidential information within your organization. An ISMS forces your organization to approach information security in a structured way and to continue to think critically about it. In addition to documented information, the ISMS consists of implemented measures. For example, there are measures in the field of IT, but the ISMS also pays attention to the behavior of employees, standard procedures and company guidelines within the organization. Good to know that ISMS is not a tool, as the name might suggest, but a method.

ISMS and ISO 27001

The ISO 27001 standard for information security is there to demonstrate that your organization handles company information in a responsible manner. An ISMS is a way of working and can be set up in your own way, if desired. ISO 27001 does impose a number of requirements on your ISMS so that availability, integrity and confidentiality within the organization are guaranteed. You are also obliged to set up, implement, maintain and continue to improve a management system. So that you can ensure that your organization can meet the standard.

Advantages of an ISMS

Information security is more important than ever, as an organization you want to ensure that your confidential information does not end up in the wrong hands. Information security and the associated ISMS should therefore be a standard item on the agenda of an organization. We have listed the advantages of an ISMS for you:

  • Improving the structure and focus of your organization by clearly explaining who is responsible for the various information security risks.

  • Fewer risks and therefore fewer incidents, because the processes of information security are well established.

  • It gives your customers and suppliers insight into the fact that the risks surrounding confidentiality have been covered in the right way.

  • It helps your organization to comply with the relevant laws and regulations.

Would you like to know more on setting up an ISMS? Or do you want to get started with ISO 27001; the standard for information security? Please contact us. Our consultants are happy to tell you more.


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